FILMSAPRIL 2017

(Abbott & Sadler 2011) Drain the Great Lakes
(McBain 1979) Doc­tor Who: Ep.521 ― The Horns of Nimon, Part 1
(McBain 1979) Doc­tor Who: Ep.522 ― The Horns of Nimon, Part 2
(McBain 1980) Doc­tor Who: Ep.523 ― The Horns of Nimon, Part 3
(Brown 2005) Ice Age Colum­bus: Who Were the First Amer­i­cans?
(Chaudry 2005) The Real Da Vinci Code
(McBain 1980) Doc­tor Who: Ep.523 ― The Horns of Nimon, Part 4
(Gra­ham 2007) The Uni­verse: Ep.18 ― The Milky Way
(Chiodo 1988) Killer Klowns From Outer Space [Riff­Trax ver­sion]
(Dear 1993) Jour­ney to the Cen­ter of the Earth
(Roberts 1980 [unaired, released in 1992]) Doc­tor Who: Ep.525 ― Shada, Part 1
(Roberts 1980 [unaired, released in 1992]) Doc­tor Who: Ep.526 ― Shada, Part 2
(Roberts 1980 [unaired, released in 1992]) Doc­tor Who: Ep.527 ― Shada, Part 3
(Hogan 2003) Peter Pan
(Taran­tino 2008) The Uni­verse: Ep.19 ― Alien Moons
(Leon­vi­ola 1961) Mole Men Against the Son of Her­cules [Maciste, l’uomo più forte del mondo]
(Stephen­son 2004) Five Chil­dren and It
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First-time listening for April 2017

28399. (Igor Stravinky) The Fire­bird [L’Oiseau de feu; Жар-птица] [com­plete bal­let]
28400. (Muddy Waters) The Best of the King of Blues
28401. (Belle and Sebas­t­ian) Tiger­milk
(Musica Anti­qua di Albu­querque) The Sport of Love :
.… 28402. (Anon.) Trotto
.… 28403. (Gher­ardello da Firenze) “Tosto che l’alba
.… 28404. (Gher­ardello da Firenze) “Vola el bel Sparver
.… 28405. (Jacopo da Bologna) “Lasso! Di Donna
.… 28406. (Francesco Lan­dini) “Cosi Pen­soso
.… 28407. (Anon.) Salterello
.… 28408. (Alessan­dro Cop­pini) “Canto di uccel­la­tori alle starne
.… 28409. (Anon.) Cac­cia “Alla cac­cia su su
.… 28410. (Anon.) “Cor­reno multi cani
.… 28411. (Philippe Verde­lot) “I vostri acuti dardi
.… 28412. (Hubert Wael­rant) “Questa fera gen­til”
.… 28413. (Orazio Vec­chi) “So ben, mi c’ha bon tempo

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READINGAPRIL 2017

26963. (Chrys­tia Free­land) Plu­to­crats — The Rise of the New Global Super Rich and the Fall
.… . of Every­one Else
26964. (Kil­lian Driscoll) Coastal Com­mu­ni­ties in Ear­lier Pre­his­toric Ire­land: Plough­zone
.… . Sur­vey and the Tawin/Maree Stone Axes, Gal­way Bay [arti­cle]
26965. (Gunilla Gren-Eklund) Poe­sis. On Cre­at­ing Art accord­ing to Aris­to­tle and San­skrit
.… . Poet­ics [arti­cle]
26966. (Pierre Augustin Caron de Beau­mar­chais) La Folle Journée, ou le Mar­riage de Figaro
.… . [play]
26967. (Ben­jamin W. Roberts & Mil­jana Radi­vo­je­vić) Inven­tion as a Process:
.… . Pyrotech­nolo­gies in Early Soci­eties [arti­cle]
(Robert Sil­ver­berg) The Cube Root of Uncer­tainty :
.… 26968. (Robert Sil­ver­berg) Intro­duc­tion [pref­ace]
.… 26969. [2] (Robert Sil­ver­berg) Pas­sen­gers [story]
.… 26970. [2] (Robert Sil­ver­berg) Dou­ble Dare [story]
.… 26971. (Robert Sil­ver­berg) The Sixth Palace [story]
.… 26972. (Robert Sil­ver­berg) Trans­la­tion Error [story]
.… 26973. (Robert Sil­ver­berg) The Shadow of Wings [story]
.… 26974. (Robert Sil­ver­berg) Absolutely Inflex­i­ble [story]
.… 26975. (Robert Sil­ver­berg) The Iron Chan­cel­lor [story]
.… 26976. (Robert Sil­ver­berg) Mug­wump Four [story]
.… 26977. (Robert Sil­ver­berg) To the Dark Star [story]
.… 26978. (Robert Sil­ver­berg) Neigh­bor [story]
.… 26979. (Robert Sil­ver­berg) Halfway House [story]
.… 26980. (Robert Sil­ver­berg) Sun­dance [story]
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FILMSMARCH 2017

(Bernard 1973) The Tomor­row Peo­ple: Ep.1 ― The Slaves of Jedikiah, Part 1: The New Gods
(Bernard 1973) The Tomor­row Peo­ple: Ep.2 ― The Slaves of Jedikiah, Part 2: The Dead­liest
. . . . Species
(Bernard 1973) The Tomor­row Peo­ple: Ep.3 ― The Slaves of Jedikiah, Part 3: The Ghosts of
. . . . Mendez
(Long 2007) The Uni­verse: Ep.13 ― Search for ET
(Bernard 1973) The Tomor­row Peo­ple: Ep.4 ― The Slaves of Jedikiah, Part 4: The Sign of
. . . . Diolyx
(Bernard 1973) The Tomor­row Peo­ple: Ep.5 ― The Slaves of Jedikiah, Part 5: A New Atlantis
(Thomp­son 2008) Mur­doch Mys­ter­ies: Ep.7 ― Body Dou­ble
(Nor­ring­ton 2003) The League of Extra­or­di­nary Gen­tle­men
(Hoff­man 1964) Flip­per: Ep.5 ― City Boy
(Ben­son 1964) Flip­per: Ep.6 ― Dol­phin for Sale
(Price 1973) The Tomor­row Peo­ple: Ep.6 ― The Medusa Strain, Part 1: The Power of Fear
(Price 1973) The Tomor­row Peo­ple: Ep.7 ― The Medusa Strain, Part 2: The Curse of Kaa­van
(Rich 1963) The Dick Van Dyke Show: Ep.46 ― The Foul Weather Girl
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First-time listening for March 2017

28390. Bush­fire: Tra­di­tional Aus­tralian Abo­rig­i­nal Music
28391. (Gin Blos­soms) Dusted
28392. (Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach) Can­tata #43 “Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen”, bwv.43
28393. (Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach) Can­tata #44 “Sie wer­den euch in den Bann tun”, bwv.44
28394. (Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach) Can­tata #45 “Es ist dir gesagt, Men­sch, was gut ist”, bwv.45
28395. Komi songs — Komi sylankyvias [Коми сьыланкывъяс]
28396. (Jan Dis­mas Zelenka) Missa Votiva in E m, ZWV 18
28397. (Run the Jew­els) Run the Jew­els 3
28398. (Vin­cenzo Bellini) La Son­nam­bula [com­plete opera ; d. Votto ; Callas, Monti, Zaccaria]

READINGMARCH 2017

26938. (Theodore W. Jen­nings, Jr.) Plato or Paul? The Ori­gins of West­ern Homo­pho­bia
26939. [2] (Gertrude Frieden­berg) The Revolv­ing Boy
26940. (Rana Özbal) The Chal­lenge of Iden­ti­fy­ing House­holds at Tell Kurdu [arti­cle]
26941. (Raimund Karl) The Celts From Every­where and Nowhere ― A Re-evalutation of the
. . . . . Orig­ings of the Celts and the Emer­gence of Celtic Cul­tures [arti­cle]
26942. (John Christo­pher) The Long Win­ter
26943. (Bon­nie Pit­blado & Michael J. Shott) The Present and Future of Archaeologist-Collector
. . . . . Col­lab­o­ra­tion [arti­cle]
26944. (Adam Gaudry) Review of Riel’s Defense: Per­spec­tives on His Speeches by Hans V.
. . . . . Hansen (ed.) [review]
26945. (Shizuko Nat­suki) Mur­der at Mt. Fuji
26946. (Ana Cruz, Ana Graça & Luiz Oost­er­beek) Caves, Mega­lithism and Tumuli ― Three
. . . . . Diachronic Real­i­ties in Funer­ary Archaeog­ra­phy from Alto Rib­atejo [arti­cle]
26947. (Livy [Titus Livius]) The His­tory of Rome [books 27–36] [tr. Cyrus Edmonds] [d]
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FILMSFEBRUARY 2017

(Cur­tiz 1942) Casablanca
(Polák 1963) Icarus XB 1 [Ikarie XB 1]
(Fer­roni 1963) Her­cules vs. the Moloch [Ercole con­tro Molock]
(Blake 1978) Doc­tor Who: Ep.474 ― The Inva­sion of Time, Part 1
(Blake 1978) Doc­tor Who: Ep.475 ― The Inva­sion of Time, Part 2
(Morse 1964) Flip­per: Ep.1 ― 300 Feet Below
(Ben­son 1964) Flip­per: Ep.2 ― The Red Hot Car
(Blake 1978) Doc­tor Who: Ep.476 ― The Inva­sion of Time, Part 3
(Blake 1978) Doc­tor Who: Ep.477 ― The Inva­sion of Time, Part 4
(Haas 1956) The Hardy Boys: The Mys­tery of the Apple­gate Trea­sure: Ep.11 ― Foot­steps In
. . . . The Tower
(Haas 1956) The Hardy Boys: The Mys­tery of the Apple­gate Trea­sure: Ep.12 ― The Pris­oner
. . . . Speaks
(Nar­rizano 1965) Die! Die! My Dar­ling! [aka Fanatic]
(Blake 1978) Doc­tor Who: Ep.478 ― The Inva­sion of Time, Part 5
(Blake 1978) Doc­tor Who: Ep.479 ― The Inva­sion of Time, Part 6
(Grif­fith 1921) Orphans of the Storm
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First-time listening for February 2017

28354. (Bastille) Wild World
28355. (Amadou & Mariam) 1900–1995: le meilleur des Années Mali­ennes
28356. (Jamie T.) Panic Pre­ven­tion
28357. (Grimes) Geidi Primes
28358. (Kurt Vile) Fall Demons EP
28359. (Kang Eunil) Ancient Futures, vol.1
28360. (Shawn Mendes) Hand­writ­ten
28361. (Brian Eno) Reflec­tion
28362. (Elza Soares) A Mul­her do Fim do Mundo
28363. (Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach) Can­tata #41 “Jesu, nun sei gepreiset”, bwv41
28364. (Bobby Wom­ack) Fly Me to the Moon
28365. (St. Romanos Melodist Choir) Ara­bic Greek Ortho­dox Chants
28366. (Blos­soms) Blos­soms
28367. (Guil­laume IX d’ Aquitaine) Com­pan­hon farai un vers qu’er con­vi­nen
28368. (Guil­laume IX d’ Aquitaine) Com­panho tant ai agut d’avols con­res
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READINGFEBRUARY 2017

26919. (Jack Williamson) Intro­duc­tion to E. E. Smith’s Sky­lark Three [pref­ace]
26920. [2] (Edward E. Smith) Sky­lark Three
26921. (John Bintliff) The Ori­gins and Nature of the Greek City-State and its Sig­nif­i­cance for
.… . World Set­tle­ment His­tory [arti­cle]
26922. (Tim Wyn­ton) An Open Swim­mer
26923. (Henry Louis Gates) The His­tory the Slave­hold­ers Wanted Us to For­get [arti­cle]
26924. (Nevine El-Aref) “Mon­u­men­tal” Build­ing Com­plex Dis­cov­ered at Qan­tir in Egypt’s
.… . Nile Delta [arti­cle]
26925. (Nina Mar­tyris) Fred­er­ick Dou­glass On How Slave Own­ers Used Food As a Weapon of
.… . Con­trol [arti­cle]
26926. (Pär Lagerkvist) The Dwarf
26927. [2] (Robert A. Hein­lein) The Witch’s Daugh­ters [poem]
26928. (Robert A. Hein­lein) Dance Ses­sion [poem]
26929. (Eran Elhaik) Solv­ing the Mys­tery of the Druze ― A 2,000-year-old Odyssey [arti­cle]
26930. (Armand Marie Leroi) The Lagoon ― How Aris­to­tle Invented Sci­ence
(Robert A. Hein­lein) Revolt In 2100:
.… 26931. [3] (Henry Kut­tner) The Inno­cent Eye [pref­ace]
.… 26932. [5] (Robert A. Hein­lein) If This Goes On— [story]
.… 26933. [4] (Robert A. Hein­lein) Coven­try [story]
.… 26934. [4] (Robert A. Hein­lein) Mis­fit [story]
.… 26935. [3] (Robert A. Hein­lein) Con­cern­ing Sto­ries Never Writ­ten: Post­script [arti­cle]
26936. (Jeremy Scahill) Black­wa­ter ― The Rise of the World’s Most Pow­er­ful Mer­ce­nary Army
26937. (Z. Alem­seged; R. Robe & D. Ger­aads) Com­pa­ra­bil­ity of Fos­sil Data and Its
.… . Sig­nif­i­cance for the Inter­pre­ta­tion of Hominin Envi­rons: A Case Study in the Lower
.… . Omo Val­ley, Ethiopia

Revolt in 2100

Cover art for Revolt in 2100

Cover art for Revolt in 2100

In a hurry to get out the door, I grabbed a paper­back at ran­dom for sub­way read­ing. It was a bat­tered copy of Robert Heinlein’s Revolt in 2100 which I had last read in 1985. It’s three sto­ries are early Hein­lein, mate­r­ial that had first appeared in the pulp mag­a­zines in the 1930s and 1940s. The sto­ries that he wrote at that time were framed within a puta­tive “future his­tory.” That is to say, that the sto­ries were not directly con­nected, but all existed in the same pro­jected imag­i­nary future, cov­er­ing sev­eral thou­sand years. Much was made of this “future his­tory” at the time, but Hein­lein aban­doned the project to pur­sue other writ­ing paths from the 1950s until his death in 1988. The books that col­lected the “future his­tory” sto­ries each repro­duced a chart plac­ing the sto­ries in time, with notes on tech­no­log­i­cal, social and polit­i­cal events. It was, Hein­lein always main­tained, a work of spec­u­la­tive imag­i­na­tion, not of attempted prophecy. But some of its spec­u­la­tions weren’t too far of the mark. In sto­ries writ­ten in 1940 an 1949, he had the first land­ing on the moon take place in 1978. In sub­se­quent real­ity, it occurred in 1969. But what is espe­cially inter­est­ing is that the “future his­tory” has the United States suc­cumb to a fun­da­men­tal­ist reli­gious dic­ta­tor­ship some­where close to the year 2017. One of the sto­ries is about the rebel­lion against this dic­ta­tor­ship. At the end of the vol­ume, first pub­lished in 1953, Hein­lein pro­vided a postscipt, Con­cern­ing Sto­ries Never Writ­ten, in which he explained that some of the sto­ries listed in the chart, those tak­ing place dur­ing the early part of the dic­ta­tor­ship, he chose not to write because the sub­ject mat­ter was too depress­ing. Con­cern­ing their main premise, he wrote:

As for the sec­ond notion, the idea that we could lose our free­dom by suc­cumb­ing to a wave of reli­gious hys­te­ria, I am sorry to say that I con­sider it pos­si­ble. I hope that it is not prob­a­ble. But there is a latent deep strain of reli­gious fanati­cism in this cul­ture; it is rooted in our his­tory and it has bro­ken out many times in the past. It is with us now; there has been a sharp rise in strongly evan­gel­i­cal sects in this coun­try in recent years, some of which hold beliefs theo­cratic in the extreme, anti-intellectual, anti-scientific, and anti-libertarian [1].

Fur­ther on, he added:

…a com­bi­na­tion of a dynamic evan­ge­list, tele­vi­sion, enough money, and mod­ern tech­niques of adver­tis­ing and pro­pa­ganda might make Billy Sun­day [2]’s efforts look like a cor­ner store com­pared to Sears Roe­buck. Throw in a depres­sion for good mea­sure, promise a mate­r­ial heaven here on earth, add a dash of anti-Semitism, anti-Catholicism, anti-Negroism [3], and a good dose of anti-“furriners” in gen­eral and anti-intellectuals here at home and the result might be some­thing quite fright­en­ing — par­tic­u­larly when one recalls that our vot­ing sys­tem is such that a minor­ity dis­trib­uted as plu­ral­i­ties in enough states can con­sti­tute a work­ing major­ity in Washington.

Hein­lein imag­ined his fic­tional dic­ta­tor, Nehemiah Scud­der, as a back­woods hick bankrolled by big-money tycoons and helped along by the Repub­li­can estab­lish­ment, with murky ties to the Ku Klux Klan. The key to his power is his use of tele­vi­sion. This is remark­able con­sid­er­ing that broad­cast tele­vi­sion in the United States had existed for only three years when Hein­lein wrote this. Few peo­ple thought tele­vi­sion was polit­i­cally sig­nif­i­cant until a decade later. Equally inter­est­ing is his ref­er­ence to the pecu­liar­i­ties of the Amer­i­can elec­toral sys­tem that went largely unno­ticed until they made Nehemiah Scu…— I’m sorry, I meant Don­ald Trump — the Pres­i­dent of the United States of Amer­ica. Reli­gious fanati­cism is not the only com­po­nent of Trump­ism, which is a total­i­tar­ian ide­ol­ogy sim­i­lar to Nazism, Com­mu­nism and Fas­cism. Like all such total­i­tar­ian move­ments, it brings together many dis­parate groups and motives. But reli­gious fun­da­men­tal­ists form a con­sid­er­able block of Trump’s cred­u­lous “core” fol­low­ing — and among them many are “Domin­ion­ists”, i.e. believ­ers and pro­mot­ers of a lit­eral reli­gious dic­ta­tor­ship abol­ish­ing the sep­a­ra­tion of Church and State. There is even a bizarre move­ment that explains Trump’s obvi­ous irre­li­gion, sex­ual per­ver­sion and per­sonal cor­rup­tion as “proof” that he is a vehi­cle of divine inter­ven­tion — a typ­i­cal sort of men­tal gym­nas­tic that one expects from the reli­gious fanatic.

Hein­lein is a writer who has been bizarrely co-opted by some of the most evil and trea­so­nous move­ments in today’s Amer­ica. He is often quoted by peo­ple who are essen­tially dis­ci­ples of Nehemiah Scud­der. A sim­i­lar process has taken place with George Orwell. Orwell, an anti-totalitarian who utterly despised Con­ser­vatism, is reg­u­larly quoted by Con­ser­v­a­tives to sup­port the very things that Orwell opposed. Every­body who thinks and writes seri­ously has to take into account that their work might be exploited and dis­torted in this fashion.

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[1] the term “lib­er­tar­ian”, in 1953, did not sig­nify the “Lib­er­tar­ian” polit­i­cal move­ment of today, but instead meant roughly what the term “lib­eral” is now used to signify.

[2] Billy Sun­day (1862–1935) was an evan­ge­list with fun­da­men­tal­ist views whose pop­u­lar­ity peaked some­what before World War I. He pio­neered many of the tech­niques used by later evan­ge­lists in mass ral­lies, which were then mod­i­fied for radio and tele­vi­sion. He attached him­self to the Repub­li­can party, and cam­paigned against immi­gra­tion from Europe, the teach­ing of evo­lu­tion, danc­ing, card-playing, attend­ing the the­atre, read­ing nov­els, and the usual sex­ual “sins”. He was one of the key moti­va­tors in the move­ment toward alco­hol pro­hi­bi­tion that cul­mi­nated in the 18th Amend­ment in 1919.

[3] The use of the terms “Black” and “African-American” were unknown in 1953. Lib­er­als and non-racists at that time referred to African-Americans as “Negro”, as did most African-Americans them­selves.